There has been an increase in domestic abuse since the coronavirus lockdown. 

At ELFT we want make sure you know where you can get help during this time.  You are not alone. 
There are services available to help you and they remain open. Here we list both local and national organisations. 
We are committed to supporting you and your family to be safe and well. 

You may need to clear your computer search history if you live with someone who is violent. Here are instructions on how to clear your computer search history.

An announcement from Victim Support UK:  

Concerning a new initiative specifically for male victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse: 

MOPAC are funding additional refuge places for male victims and survivors of domestic abuse in London. Victim Support has partnered up with Shelter and NACRO to provide this crisis accommodation with sites in both London and outside of London. For advice and support you can contact the London Victim and Witness Service on 0808 168 9291. Alternatively, you can email the Senior Operations Manager of the project at to get more information and refer.

For more information on Victim Support visit their website here>>

3 July 2020 


Bedford Women’s Centre 
Offering support to women in the community to improve the quality of their and their family’s lives

Telephone: 01234 316801
Email address: 
Website: website 

The Hope Programme

Supporting people over the age of 10 years to cope and recover from the aftermath and trauma of rape and sexual violence, including child sexual abuse.

0300 365 1045 (support line)                 

01582 563555 (office)
Email address:


Up to date information and resources, and how to get help.

Central Bedfordshire

Stepping Stones (Central Bedfordshire)

Service run by Stepping Stones (Luton) for women aged 16 years and over experiencing domestic abuse in Central Bedfordshire.


Mon-Fri 9am-5pm 01582 457114 

Email address:


Referrals can also be made via Central Bedfordshire MASH
Telephone: 0300 300 8585 option 3

Emerald Centre – Sexual Assault Referral Centre
Offers specialist support services to victims of rape and sexual assault.

Mon – Fri: 9am-5pm                                 
Out of Office Hours telephone: 0330 223 0099                                                                 

Email address:


City & Hackney

Hackney DIAS (Domestic Abuse Intervention Service) 
Telephone: 0208 356 4458/4459
Email address:
Website: Hackney DIAS

London Borough of Hackney's Domestic Abuse Information page:

Jewish Women's Aid  

Website: Jewish Women’s Aid 

Domestic abuse helpline - 0808 801 0500

Open Monday to Thursday: 9.30am-9.30pm

Email address for matters relating to domestic abuse:
Email address for matters relating to sexual violence:

Turkish speaking communities
Imece . 

For South Asian communities,
Ashiana network 

Stepping Stones Luton

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm 01582 457114 

Email address:


Women’s Aid Luton
Mon-Fri 10am-5pm 01582 391856

Email address:


Hestia  0207 378 3100 / 0808 1961 482.
More information can be found at

Karma Nirvana BAME 

Helpline Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Telephone: 0800 5999 247

Email address:


East London Rape Crisis

Telephone: 0800 160 1036
Email address:

For South Asian communities, Ashiana network



Domestic abuse services are open in Richmond – details can be found on this webpage. It also has a quick exit button which takes you to a weather page if needed:

Richmond council's website information: Where to get help for domestic abuse

Tower Hamlets

Victim Support Tower Hamlets

Email address:
Telephone: 0207 3642 448

Professionals working in Tower Hamlets can call the LBTH VAWG Team and Hate Crime Team for advice on 0800 279 54 34, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

For South Asian communities, Ashiana network
Website: I 

National Services Freephone National Domestic Abuse Helpline, run by Refuge

Telephone: 0808 200 0247 Website:

Galop (for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people)

Telephone: 0800 999 5428 Website:

Men’s Advice Line Telephone: 0808 801 0327. Website:

Stay Safe East

Stay Safe East provides advocacy and support services to disabled victims and survivors of abuse.

Telephone: 020 8519 7241 Text message: 07587 134 122. Email address:

SignHealth SignHealth provides domestic abuse service support for deaf people in British Sign Language (BSL).

Telephone: 020 3947 2601. Text/WhatsApp/Facetime: 07970 350366 Email address:


Please give us a rating for the content or use of our site?

green smiley (good) orange smiley (average) red smiley (poor)